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Led by Prof Meg Russell

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The Changing Role of the House of Lords Post-1999

FINANCIAL PRIVILEGE

  • Research into the House of Commons' use of financial privilege against amendments passed to legislation in the Lords.

Legislative Committees at Westminster: The Case for Reform

  • Meg Russell and Phil Larkin's comparative project on the role and operation of Legislative Committees.

The Social Psychology of Political Elites

  • Meg Russell's exploratory work which seeks new, interdisciplinary ways to explain the behaviour of parliamentarians. We have also made available the first paper produced as a result of research in this area. 

The Policy Impact of Parliament

A workstream which brings together researchers assessing different aspects of parliament's policy impact, including two in-house projects on:

The Impact of Parliament on Legislation - A new major research project on the legislative process which considers the impact of parliament on legislation before and after coalition government, building upon our original pilot project into the legislative process behind the Identity Cards Bill.

  • The Policy Impact of Select Committees - A collaboration between Constitution Unit and Select Committee staff which combines interviews with data collection and analysis of the impact of committee inquiries and recommendations. Our final report, released in 2011, concluded that Select Committees influence government by, among other things, 'generating fear'. Launch details and download

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Can David Cameron call a second election? How does that fit with the Fixed Term Parliaments Act?

Fri, 22 May 2015 10:00:34 +0000

Robert Hazell outlines how the Fixed Term Parliaments Act restricts the new government from calling a second election. He writes that if Cameron wanted to take a gamble to boost his slender majority, he would have to work within the confines of the Act given the likely complexities of any attempt to repeal it. Now […]

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Cameron’s parliamentary challenge #2: Managing the Lords

Mon, 11 May 2015 08:25:54 +0000

As the fallout from the general election is dissected, some commentators have noted the challenges facing Cameron’s new government in managing the House of Commons with such small majority. But Meg Russell warns that his challenges in managing the House of Lords could be even greater. The country is now adjusting to a Conservative majority government […]

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The new government’s constitutional reform agenda – and its challenges

Sat, 09 May 2015 08:30:34 +0000

Following the surprise election of a Conservative government with a small majority, Meg Russell and Robert Hazell offer an overview of the constitutional reforms which are likely to be prioritised and the associated difficulties that may arise. Now that the election result is clear, it’s possible to start thinking through the likely constitutional reforms on […]

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Meg Russell's new book, The Contemporary House of Lords:
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